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GP Week : Issue 82
A flood of rumours that Casey Stoner had signed up to move to Honda next year triggered a fresh wave of enthusiasm in Italy for Rossi to switch from Yamaha to the all-Italian Ducati team -- but word from the top of Ducati is that Jorge Lorenzo may be a more likely candidate. Lorenzo has admitted that he came very close to signing for Ducati for this year, when he turned down a big-money offer during Stoner's unexpected spell of absence in the middle of last season. Now Ducati Motor Holdings president Gabriele Del Torchio has revealed that the company is still in negotiations with Lorenzo's management. Interviewed for an Italian sports website, Del Torchio agreed that the notion of Rossi in red was very attractive, but said they intended to talk to all leading riders. He had already heard from Lorenzo's agent, and "we are still talking," he said. As to Stoner's future with Ducati and reports that he would be switching to Honda, he reiterated the strength of the relationship with the Australian champion, adding that since his contract would end this year, "it is quite normal to talk with other teams ... but the issue of Honda is only a rumour." Reports of the Stoner move surfaced in Italy early last week, but were promptly denied by ex-Ducati and now HRC team marketing manager Livio Suppo. The smart money has Stoner staying with Ducati; while Honda is also courting Lorenzo. The Spaniard elected to stay with Yamaha for this year out of loyalty and the hope of a long-term relationship, but pressure from Rossi might force him out of the team. All Italy pushes Rossi towards the Red ... ... but is Ducati targeting Lorenzo? 15 Moto GP news >>